The City of Grove's F4E was showcased as the "Belle of the Ball" during the Holloman Air Force Base 70th Air Force Ball.
Several members of the Friends of the Phantom, traveled from Grove to Alamogordo, New Mexico for the event, including David and Beverly Helms and Pete Norwood.
During the visit, they met with several people including Brig. Gen. Alexus G. Grynkewich, deputy director Global Operations.
Grynkewich serves as the joint staff focal point for cyber and electronic warfare operations, information operations, special technical operations and Department of Defense support to government agencies.
The group also met with Colonel Houston R. Cantwell, Holloman 49th Wing Commander, as well as TSgt Chance Cole and the seven individuals involved in the care of the city's F4E 71-0247.
The city's phantom is the last F4 scheduled to be released for public display. During the visit, the Helms and Norwood inspected the plane's current condition, and made several requests for components to help restore it to the "most authentic historical and educational" presentation possible.
When the F4E arrives in Grove, it will be on final static display near Ferra on Highway 10, near the Grove Industrial Park.
To help bring the F4E to Grove by spring 2018, persons interested may make contributions online to www.gofundme.com/GroveF4Phantom or send donations by mail to Grove Rotary Foundation F4 Phantom, PO Box 451557, Grove, OK 74345-1557. Additional information may be obtained by contacting GrandPros@outlook.com or 918-786-4626.